NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: State Affairs

TIME & DATE: 10:00AM, Tuesday, April 25, 2000

PLACE: E1.028

CHAIR: Senator Florence Shapiro


The Senate Committee on State Affairs and the House Committee on General
Investigating will meet in a joint hearing to discuss the following charge:

Review Texas' State Use Program and the benefit provided to persons
with disabilities. The committee shall examine the powers and duties of the
Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities (the Council); funding
methods for the Council staff and activities; the Council's oversight of
the central non-profit and community rehabilitation program work centers;
the utilization by and satisfaction of customers with goods and services
provided under the program; the nature of the disabilities required for
participating in the program; and the adequacy of rules governing the
State Use Program, including whether standards of eligibility for work
center products and services should be added to statute.  The committee
shall also ensure the appropriate nature and amount of involvement by
people with disabilities in the production of goods and provision of